This is Scheuermann’s Hyperkyphosis
It is a “structural kyphosis that typically develops during adolescence, causing the kyphotic spine to become rigid, and sometimes progresses into adulthood.” — Scoliosis Research Society.
It is not poor posture or a lazy posture. This is a condition that includes physiological changes to the structure of the thoracic spine, therefore causing an increased rounding of the trunk.
The Schroth Method can help those diagnosed with Scheuermann’s by elongating and de-rotating the spine. Schroth exercises are customized for your unique spinal deformation. The method teaches you how to:
- Correct spinal rotation and increase lung capacity with a rotational breathing technique.
- Help restore normal spinal position with pelvic corrections, breathing technique, and stabilizing isometric contractions.
- Improve your posture during routine daily living, not just during therapy.
Scheuermann’s disease begins before puberty. It is not known what triggers the abnormal growth, but there are theories that the bone may have been injured at some point, or that the area was weak before puberty. Heredity is thought to play a role, but the connection is not straightforward.
The condition is connected to skeletal growth, and the curvature does not usually increase after growth is completed. It is estimated that 1 to 8 percent of people develop the condition.
If you or anyone you know has this condition, please go to your doctor and ask for a referral to physical therapy. Then call and schedule your appointment today with Joy Smith,PT the ONLY physical therapy specialist in the Florida Panhandle to treat Schuermann’s disease according to the Schroth Method.
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